May 11, 2010 - 09:56 pm .- Berta Soler, a member of the Women in White in Cuba, said this week that the group will ask the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, to provide mediation for the release of the country's prisoners of conscience when he travels to Cuba in mid-June.
May 11, 2010 - 07:09 pm .- Three leading U.S. congressmen have requested a federal probe into whether the Obama administration broke federal laws by promoting a proposed Kenyan constitution that “radically” changes abortion policy.
May 11, 2010 - 06:10 pm .- The news service of the Archdiocese of Mexico City recently lamented the irresponsibility of Mexico City's lawmakers who, in addition to approving abortion, have now passed a law extending the hours alcohol sales in the city.
May 11, 2010 - 05:05 pm .- On Tuesday evening during the papal visit to Portugal, young people from numerous parishes and ecclesial movements showed up outside the apostolic nunciature and began singing to Pope Benedict. After listening to their songs and cheers, he thanked them for “the kindness you have shown this humble Vicar on earth.”
May 11, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- During his apostolic visit to Portugal, the Holy Father presided over Mass in Lisbon's Palace Square on Tuesday evening. Despite negative media attention over sexual abuse that has dogged the Catholic Church in recent weeks, the Pope assured the crowd of 160,000 people that the “resurrection of Christ assures us that no adverse power will ever be able to destroy the Church.”
May 11, 2010 - 02:03 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, called on the media this week to report the truth and to respect the dignity of persons. He also denounced the “destructive” effects that take place when the media degrades the dignity of individuals.
May 11, 2010 - 01:07 pm .- Speaking aboard the papal plane on the way to Portugal, Pope Benedict XVI said the message of Fatima shows that attacks on the Pope and the Church also come from sins inside the Church. These internal attacks are seen in “a really terrifying way” in sexual abuse, he remarked while calling for penance and purification.
May 11, 2010 - 11:59 am .- At a Mass for Argentina’s bicentennial, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, called on the faithful to remember that the country has a “mother” in the Virgin Mary, and urged them to work as her children for “peace and harmony.”
May 11, 2010 - 11:26 am .- Tuesday morning, a priest from the Diocese of Tyler, Texas was appointed Phoenix's first auxiliary bishop by the Holy Father. The youngest of five children, the bilingual bishop-elect will bring his rich experience in forming priests and deacons to his new diocese.
May 11, 2010 - 10:35 am .- Pope Benedict XVI departed from Rome this morning and arrived at the Portela International Airport in Lisbon, Portugal, commencing the 15th foreign visit of his pontificate. Speaking at the airport, the Holy Father announced that the goal of his visit is to share wisdom and remind Christians of their mission.
May 11, 2010 - 06:35 am .- The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced that the Postmaster General will dedicate its new stamp honoring Mother Teresa on Sept. 5 at a ceremony at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Post Office looks forward to a “very dignified and successful” ceremony, a spokesman said.
May 11, 2010 - 03:08 am .- Over the weekend, the Church of England introduced draft legislation putting the country's Anglican communion on the fast track to allowing women's ordination.
May 11, 2010 - 01:18 am .- Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a leading Catholic pastoral charity, will help rebuild a Philippines cathedral destroyed in a bomb attack last month by an Al Qaeda-linked group.